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Tennessee vs. Arkansas - 1/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arkansas at Tennessee
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, TN
The Line
Tennessee Volunteers -15.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5
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The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in SEC conference college basketball action from the Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night.

The Arkansas Razorbacks will look to rebound after falling by a final score of 94-88 to LSU in overtime in their last outing. Daniel Gafford led the Hogs with 32 points on 14 of 19 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while Mason Jones added 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes, an 8 of 9 mark from the foul line and 6 rebounds. Reggie Chaney added 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 5 rebounds and 4 steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Razorbacks in the loss. Jalen Harris added 7 points and a team-high 6 assists as well in the defeat for Arkansas. Gafford leads the Razorbacks with an average of 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while Harris leads Arkansas in assists with 6.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 79.6 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 64% from the foul line this season.

The Tennessee Volunteers will look to build on their current 14-1 mark to start the year after a 78-67 win over Florida in their last outing. Grant Williams led the Vols with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds, 4 assists, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Jordan Bowden added 17 points and Admiral Schofield chipped in 14 points with 8 rebounds while Lamonte Turned chipped in12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Tennessee in the win. Jordan Bone added 8 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory for the Vols. Williams leads Tennessee in scoring with 18.9 points per game while Bone leads the Volunteers with 6.2 assists per game and Kyle Alexander leads the Vols on the glass with 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 85.8 points per game with the 3rd-best field goal percentage in the country, shooting 51.5% from the floor, 35.3% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season. The Vols are also tough defensively, holding their opponents to just 37.2% shooting from the floor, 5th-best in D-I.

Arkansas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Tennessee is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. The underdog is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.

This is the largest the spread has been between these two teams in quite some time, but I think that just goes to speak to how well Tennessee has been playing and how much the Vols have improved this season compared to years past. Arkansas has had a couple of close calls lately, ending up on the losing end in their last two, so while you feel the Hogs could be due for a bounce back, I don’t think it happens here. Tennessee has beat up on their 3 conference opponents this year and while the line is steep, I see the Vols rolling to another win here.

Pick:
Tennessee -15.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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